Former St. Louis Cardinals Keep Moving East

By Sara Lefebvre
Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

In what has become an annual tradition lately, Cincinnati Reds GM Walt Jocketty has acquired another former St. Louis Cardinals player. This one may be the best of the bunch.

Jocketty was GM of the Cardinals from 1995-2007, and achieved great success with seven NL Central Division titles and a 2006 World Series ring. His firing in 2007 was somewhat of a shock, but the front office had become toxic. He was hired by the Reds in 2008, and has acquired at least one former Cardinals player every year since 2010.

Kip Wells, Russ Springer, Jim Edmonds and Edgar Renteria all had a cup of coffee with the Reds. Scott Rolen played a great third base over portions of four seasons, but he was in the twilight of his career and hampered by injury. Ryan Ludwick was out for most of 2013 with an injury after having a fairly good 2012. He is signed through 2014 with a mutual option for 2015.

Now Jocketty has signed super-utility player Skip Schumaker for two years and $5 million. Reds fans might be wondering their GM’s sanity, but Cardinal fans will tell them they’re getting a great deal. Schumaker is a winner. He’s been to the playoffs the last three years. He can play second base and any outfield position. He can even pitch in a pinch. His ERA was 0.00 in two innings pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers last year.

He is willing to do anything to help his team win, and is a great teammate. Cardinal fans have watched in some amusement as Jocketty seems to be trying to recapture the success he had in St Louis. With this current signing, he might finally be getting somewhere.

Sara Lefebvre is a St Louis Cardinals writer for Connect with her on Google.

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